Venkatagiri sarees have their own historic lineage in the world of Indian handlooms, just like others that originate from Andhra and the rest of India. Not many know that these sarees were patronized by none other than the Nellore’s Velugoti dynasty back in the 1700s. However, there seems to be a complete unfairness shown towards this rich legacy of sarees, particularly in connection with the history making event of Amaravati foundation ceremony.
While Mangalagiri sarees are lifted and utilized this time, Venkatagiri sarees will see not even a back seat, as confirmed by the president of the Rajarajeshwari Weaver’s Society of Nellore. Venkatagiri sarees are shockingly not in the list of handloom products that will be distributed to the farmer families on the ocassion of Amaravati foundation laying ceremony.
“We have not received any indent in this regard,” confirmed Mr N. Venkateswarlu, president of the Rajarajeswari Weavers’ Society, while talking to a leading newspaper daily. There are currently about 2,500 weavers who actively carry forward the age-old profession of handlooms in the textile town of Venkatagiri.
Interestingly, it will be the Mangalagiri sarees that will hog the limelight, while Venkatagiri sarees lay low in the lurch.